Cipocereus Bradei is endemic to Minas Gerais, Brazil. It thrives in dry tropical environments. Generally, Cipocereus Bradei is a typical-looking cactus that spreads widely and can grow big as tree-like.
|Pilosocereus Bradei, Quiabo-da-lapa
|Spring and Summer Season
|Not lower than 55 degrees Fahrenheit
|USDA Hardiness Zones 10a to 11
|Average Mature Height & Width:
|2 meters tall and 8 centimeters in diameter
|Avoid leaving your pets or kids unattended with this type of cacti. Unfortunately, Cipocereus Bradei is known to be toxic to both humans and animals.
Cipocereus Bradei’s Physical Characteristics
It is a treelike-looking cacti. It branches and produces black spines as it matures. Cipocereus Bradei is a glaucous-blue and has clavate stems. It would help to allow unblemished fruits to ripen to get their seeds. When you are replanting your Cipocereus Bradei, it is advisable to trim the roots as it tends to spread widely and fast.
The majority of the time, Cipocereus Bradei is considered leafless. It grows in clusters of 3 to 4 branches. For some varieties with leaves, you may also use them for propagation. This cactus produces beautiful blue flowers on the outside and white inside.
Typically, the flowers can grow up to 7 centimeters long and 3 centimeters in diameter. You can expect your Cipocereus Bradei to bloom flowers during the Spring, Autumn, or summer. It also produces edible and berry-like blue fruits.
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Cipocereus Bradei Care
This plant is generally low maintenance. Water your Cipocereus Bradei every 3 to 4 days during its growing season. Lessen the watering frequency during its dormant season to avoid drowning your cacti.
Check if the soil is arid before watering to avoid root rot. Generally, Cipocereus Bradei is drought tolerant.
In terms of sunlight requirement, this succulent thrives under direct sunlight. However, it is advisable to provide shade during the hottest time of the day to avoid damaging your succulents. Use neutral, light, and draining soil for your Cipocereus Bradei.
You may use a regular cactus potting mixture to ensure that your succulent can breathe freely and will have proper draining. Feed your Cipocereus Bradei once a month during its growing season. Please do not feed your succulent during its dormant period; it will do more harm.
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Cipocereus Bradei Growth
This type of succulent is generally fast-growing. You may propagate your cactus through stem cuttings and seeds. Use a clean garden knife to remove a healthy stem for stem cutting. Allow the cuttings to be calloused for a few days before replanting.
This step is crucial to remove any bacteria from your cuttings. Trimming your Cipocereus Bradei is okay to remove any dying or dead leaves or branches. Pruning your succulent also helps in maintaining its size and shape.
You may need to repot your plant every 1 to 2 years. Use a bigger pot to allow your cacti to grow fully. It is also advisable to use fresh soil when repotting to avoid transferring any existing bacteria or pests to your new pot.
Fortunately, this plant is not prone to any pests. It helps that the spines have toxins that repel insects, making it a defense mechanism of the succulent for any infestation.
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